Hole complete

Hole complete

Take a look at the bubble in the spirit level (no shims used).

Making a big hole in a wall

Making a big hole in a wall

To make a big hole in a wall, we’ve placed 150x150mm timber posts through the wall at first floor level.  These are supported on one end by acro-props (which fly through the floor), and on the end by brick stacks on a board, which are held by glulam timber joists (themselves propped up by acro-props).  An engineering wonder!

November outside pics

November outside pics

Pipework under raised timber floor

Pipework under raised timber floor

Tried my hand at pipework (radiator and hot/cold feeds) with electrical conduits.

Need more mortar

Need more mortar

So, the old contractors (God bless em) left £100’s worth of mortar out in the rain.  When I went to the manufacturer to get some more, I was told that they had run out and were not making it anymore.  The search for a new mortar which was the same colour then began.  The problem is, you can’t tell what colour it is until 4-6 days later when it has dried.  Hence, I had to make up rather a large number of samples.  The final recipe was 45gms of black and brown dye to 25kgs of 3xno.21 type lime mortar.  

Electrics

Electrics

Turns out I can’t just feed wires over the top of doorways – they need to fit within ‘zones’.  Removed wires and placed them in the zone.  Bit of a faff as it meant I needed to take up the floor and remove some plasterboard.  Live and learn!